TTB Executives Meet with NABI Executive Committee

TTB Executives Meet with NABI Executive Committee

John Manfreda, TTB administrator was joined by his deputy Mary Ryan for a discussion with NABI Executive Committee members.  Joining John were Robert Angelo, Susan Stewart Evans and Gail Daivs representing field operations, industry relations and international trade respectively.  Administrator Manfreda was extremely candid concerning the significant resource pressures facing TTB.  He extended an invitation to NABI to provide recommendations on how TTB could streamline operations while assuring the integrity of the tax and regulatory systems.  Following up on this opportunity NABI Board Chairman Michael O'Brien established a working group of member compliance staffs to make specific recommendations to TTB.  This group will meet by conference call on August 10th to focus on changes to the COLA system and process.  On August 22 members of the group will come to Washington to finalize there suggestions and present them to TTB at their offices. 

A second panel of Customs and Border Protection officials met with NABI members following the TTB presentation.  Leading the CBP group, Maira Louisa O'Connell Trade Advisor to the Commissioner of CBP, invited recommendations on better harmonizing the work of CBP with other regulatory agencies.  She was very open to industry suggestions about ways to improve the interaction between the government and trade organizations.  NABI will be organizing its Customs Committee to make recommendations to Ms. O'Connell on ways to improve the cargo clearance process.  NABI members are encouraged to send ideas that will facilitate imports through the CBP organization. 

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